Execution date set for Ray Johnson

posted Nov 4, 2015, 12:49 PM by GFADP staff

We're very sorry to share that an execution date has been set for Marcus “Ray” Johnson for November 19 at 7:00pm.

As you might recall,  Ray was giving an execution date the day after Troy Davis was executed.

He was granted a stay of execution after police in Albany, Georgia, discovered a box with new, never-before-seen biological evidence that could allow DNA testing. Lawyers for Johnson filed "an Extraordinary Motion for New Trial Based on New Evidence Produced by Albany Police Department.”

A DNA expert testified before the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles about the new box of evidence, and how new DNA tests could identify the perpetrator. A Forensic Pathologist also testified that the pocket knife depicted as the murder weapon at trail did not test positive for blood, and does not match the wounds. 

It has been repeatedly demonstrated that our criminal justice system is not devoid of error and we now know that 155 individuals have been released from death rows across the United States due to wrongful conviction since 1976.

We are in contact with Ray’s lawyers and will be touch with more information.